The 6th game of the 2019 Malaysia Men’s CWC Challenge League A will be played between Denmark and Vanuatu at the Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur.
The match starts at 10:00 AM local time (2:00 AM GMT) (7:30 AM IST).
Denmark suffered their 2nd straight defeat of the tournament as they fell 36 runs short of Singapore’s total on Thursday. Singapore finished on 249/7 by scoring 42 runs in last 3.1 overs. They were placed at 106/2 in the 24th over during the 250-run chase. However, a 6-wicket haul from Aryaman Sunil restricted Denmark to only 213/10. Denmark committed a similar mistake in their first match.
They let the hosts Malaysia to be rescued from 37/4 only to finish on 192/7. They ended up 45 runs short of the target losing their last nine wickets for 83 runs. They will now face Vanuatu in their 3rd match on Friday. They were thumped in their first game by Canada who chased down the target of 161 in only 32 overs. They did pick up five wickets and had Canada four down for 57 runs at a stage.
The Kinrara Academy Oval could receive a bit of drizzle in the early hours of Friday. However, by 10 AM local time, the skies will be clear. There won’t be any chances of rain till evening.
The Kinrara Academy Oval witnessed a record score from Canada who posted 408/7. The short boundaries ensured Canada smash as many as 28 maximums. Targets close to 230 can be chased here even though no team has won chasing at this venue since 2018.
Average first innings score: 271 (List A matches since 2018)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 0, Lost – 4
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Jonas Henriksen, Hamid Shah (C), Zameeer Khan, Frederik Klokker (WK), Zishan Shah, Rizwan Mahmood, Anique Uddin, Delawar Khan, Jino Jojo, Oliver Hald, Nicolaj Damgaard.
Bench – Monty Singh, Lucky Malik, Abdul Wahab.
Josh Rasu, Clement Tommy, Shane Deitz (WK), Patrick Matautaava, Andrew Mansale (C), Nalin Nipiko, Ronald Tari, Jelany Chilia, Simpson Obed, Apo Stephen, Williamsing Nalisa.
Bench – Wesly Viraliliu, Jamal Vira, Kalo Shem.
Hamid Shah and Frederik Klokker didn’t have a great match on Thursday but can be trusted as the duo has solid records in all formats for Denmark. On the other hand, the Vanuatu skipper Andrew Mansale has impressive record as he took 69 wickets and amassed 1734 across 75 matches for his country. Josh Rasu averages 28.02 with the bat and is a decent part-time bowler.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Patrick Matautaava, Andrew Mansale, Zameeer Khan, Frederik Klokker.
Vice-Captain – Josh Rasu, Shane Deitz, Jino Jojo, Jonas Henriksen.
Patrick Matautaava has scored 1445 runs at an average of 26.27 across all formats for Vanuatu. The most impressive fact of him is that he has bagged 98 wickets for them in 65 innings at an average 18. It is ideal to make him a captain or at least as vice-captain.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Shane Deitz, Frederik Klokker
Batters – Clement Tommy, Zameeer Khan, Andrew Mansale
All-Rounders – Hamid Shah, Jonas Henriksen, Patrick Matautaava (C)
Bowlers – Apo Stephen, Jino Jojo (VC), Delawar Khan
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Frederik Klokker
Batters – Zameeer Khan, Andrew Mansale, Josh Rasu
All-Rounders – Hamid Shah, Jelany Chilia, Patrick Matautaava (C), Jonas Henriksen (VC)
Bowlers – Oliver Hald, Williamsing Nalisa, Nicolaj Damgaard
There are quite a lot of options in the bowlers’ category. However, considering their performances in the ongoing tournament and overall records, it will be safe to pick Apo Stephen, Jino Jojo and Nicolaj Damgaard.
Demark might finally put an end to their string of close defeats.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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